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FROM THE CHANEL ARCHIVES

This Chanel Haute Couture gown was designed by Coco Chanel in the 1960s. The silk chiffon was hand-beaded by Maison Lesage, Paris’ oldest embroidery studio, with a trim along the deep-v neckline and a floral design that seems to grow from the bottom of the dress. You can strut like the models wearing Chanel in the picture (also from the 60s) with the flowy and detachable shawl that makes this look even more elegant. The consignor’s mother purchased it from a private sale of the Chanel archives at Chanel Rue Cambon when Karl Lagerfeld started at the house in 1983. It hasn't been worn since the runway, the model name and look number from which are written on the lining. What I love most about this one-of-a-kind piece is the powder blue, which feels of the time and still very modern - I can’t imagine it in another color. - Frank

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